The Rye Y Wave Ryeders capped off a winning season on March 18, placing fourth overall out of forty teams at the YMCA State Championships in Buffalo. The team up their highest point total ever in the meet and brought home several individual and team awards.
The individual champions are Talya Appelbaum, Nate Baumstark, Maeve Bruton, Audrey Lim, and Megan Tiedemann. Team members Maeve Bruton, Ayana Ite, Kayla Lombardo, Victoria Mordaunt, and Megan Tiedemann brought home the first-place championship in the 10 and under Girls’ Free and Medley relays. The Wave Ryeders placed first in the 10 and under Girls’ division, second in the 8 and under and 10 and under Boys’ divisions, and third in the 8 and under Boys’ division.
“It was a great meet! The team achieved its best times for the season and there were many personal bests.” said Coach Kate Tiedemann. “Team spirit was amazingly strong with the swimmers working together and encouraging each other.”
The Wave Ryeders arrived at States in a strong position, having won all six league dual meets in the regular season and the Westchester/Fairfield League Championship for the 13th consecutive year. Eight swimmers qualified for the Sunkissed Invitational Jr./Sr. Championships and will be heading to Charlotte, N.C. later this month.
The Rye YMCA has both a spring and fall swim team. Pre-team is also available for swimmers not yet ready for competition. To learn more, visit www.ryeymca.org or call Vickie Tsakmakis, Senior Director of Aquatics at 967-6363.
Members of the Wave Ryeders at the YMCA State Championships in Buffalo last month
Photo courtesy of the Rye YMCA